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Tom Uram on Numismatics

Tom has spent his tenure on the CCAC providing advice to several Treasury Secretaries about coin designs featured on U.S. coins. Additionally, he led an initiative that led to congressional legislation authorizing Morgan and Peace Dollar mintage beginning in 2021.

Tom Uram of PAN and ANA Board Membership is honored with receiving the Chester L. Krause Memorial Distinguished Service Award.

Early Life and Education

Thomas Uram credits his introduction to numismatics to his uncle, who gave him an Early Red Book and junior American Numismatic Association membership at an early age. Together, they visited Pittsburgh Coin Company together and became quickly hooked by its hunt-like excitement.

Since 2015, he has served as president of the George Washington Numismatic Association and regularly shares his extensive numismatic knowledge by giving talks at local coin clubs. Since 2021 he is one of a select few who hand sign certification labels exclusively for Numismatic Guaranty Company through their Signature Series program.

He serves on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC), an advisory body to Congress on coin and medal themes and designs. As Chairman for his second term after being approved by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in December 2018 (re-approve), his expertise allows him to offer valuable insight into all phases of coin production from initial concept through legislative approval, design submissions, engraving challenges, production specifications from United States Mint production facilities and final first strike ceremony.

Professional Career

Tom Uram first became interested in numismatics through his uncle in 1971 when Gordon Doddrell of the Pittsburgh Coin Company introduced him. Uram then joined George Washington Numismatic Association, eventually serving as its president, before helping organize and promote its inaugural World’s Fair of Money event held in Pennsylvania.

He has filled several roles within the American Numismatic Association (ANA), including being on its Board and chairing two committees; additionally he was appointed as part of its Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC).

He worked to increase awareness for coin collecting among Mint officials, while advocating for passage and implementation of the 1921 Silver Dollar Coin Anniversary Act which became law on January 1st of 2021.

Achievement and Honors

Tom Uram currently serves as president of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists and was also previously chairman of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC), as well as being an American Numismatic Association governor. As the inaugural recipient of their Chester L. Krause Memorial Distinguished Service Award – previously known as Farran Zerbe Distinguished Service Award.

Uram has long been dedicated to the advancement of numismatics, frequently speaking at local coin clubs and helping organize national conventions. For his efforts he has received several awards such as Glenn Smedley Award and Medal of Merit.

In 2021, he joined an exclusive group of numismatists who hand-sign certification labels exclusively for Numismatic Guaranty Company’s Signature Series program. Additionally, he has written several books on numismatics.

Personal Life

Uram brings decades of experience as President of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN). A longtime collector, he has won numerous awards at exhibition. Additionally, Uram is frequently sought-out to speak at coin shows and conventions as a featured guest speaker.

Tom Uram has served as Chairman of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee since 2012. This advisory board provides advice to Treasury Secretary with respect to designs on US coins and medals.

Uram has long been an influential leader within the numismatic community and is committed to working alongside the Board of Governors towards reaching common goals. He advocates for member benefits, E-learning and outreach while contributing to his hobby by exclusively hand signing certification labels for Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC), giving collectors an official NGC label bearing his signature as they display their silver dollars with pride on display shelves.

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